METAPHYSICAL EVIL IN AFRICAN TRADITION
The first of two situations concerning African Tradition’s mythological concept of Cosmic Creation deals with Metaphysical Order. African Sages said God was situated in “The Other World” at the time of spilling metaphorical Waters into what would become the finite Cosmos. Those Waters, called the Ocean of Nun (OON), contained a special kind of Order. Its resting Energy and Matter, despite having no form and being undefined and undifferentiated, still was not disordered–a state called CHAOS. Imagine this OON–with its contents of the Spiritual Elements (Unconditional Love, Truth, Reality, and the Natural)–flowing throughout the entire Cosmos, around and into every nook and cranny of each of God’s creatures and creations. Second, Ancient Africans conceived of the newly forming Cosmos as being surrounded on its outside by DISORDER–existing at the beginning of time and thus present before humans appeared in the Cosmos. Metaphysical Disorder per se is of a non-moral nature and yet implies to “go astray,” become lost,” stray from correct behavior, and outside the boundaries of Ma’at (the Spirital Elements in action). So, allow me to use the Thinking Tool of CAUSE-EFFECT-CONSEQUENCE to help explain its connection with Evil using the following example. A significant Trauma (the Cause) leads to an Injury (“harm done”), creating at that moment the path for Disability (the final result) to be realized. The Injury may have: (1) been invited by ones foolish thinking; (2) by acting out of Emotions; (3) through no fault of ones own; (4) a combination of the part one played + no fault of ones own. Out of an Injury comes Impairment–an Effect manifesting as a partial or complete loss of function of the body. Evolving out of an Impairment are Consequences, defined by Sharon Bingaman as: the somethings which happen as a result of something happening. Those “Somethings,” when gathered together, have an effect greater than the sum of each when added together–and termed ones Disability (‘not able’). Thus, whereas a Cause (e.g. trauma) gives rise to an effect (impairments), that effect is pregnant with Consequences of the Cause and the sum of the Consequences is called Disability.
Thus, Ancient Africans realized that out of Metaphysical Disorder can spring Metaphysical Evil and yet they are basically different. For example, a Law of Opposites concept purpose of Metaphysical Disorder is to help humans realize the Spiritual and eternal aspects of the Cosmic Organism–implying that Disorder and inner disharmony are necessary to appreciate the Good. Afterall, if imperfections in and difficulties around humans were not experienced, there would be no personal Perfection strivings to reach the Eternal Afterlife. Similarly, Metaphysical Evil’s purpose is to act as a “Virtual” (i.e. Evil is not real) Complementary aspect for Good inside the Law of Opposites. The recognition of Good requires something to compare it against. If Evil (Disorder) were removed, the desire for Good (Order) would also cease. Furthermore, Metaphysical Evil acts as a springboard for metaphors to be used to convey Supernatural Contingent Beings in Personified form (e.g. the god Set). The point: Right Thinking in African Tradition follows the lay-out of Cosmic Order by going with its OON flow. In problem situations, to stay in this flow completely or as near as possible requires pre-considering the three causes of Injury–their proper possible degree of Impairment (i.e. mild, slight, moderate and extreme)–the chance percentage of Extreme Impairment happening–and the nature and degree of the Consequences from that Impairment.
For example, the chances of being injured riding a motorcycle are small but the magnitude of that injury, if it were to occur, could be paralysis or death. To not think of these before the time of taking action is to start on a path of Disorder–a path leading into the anti-Spiritual Elements Stream of life–a stream characterized by Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadism–the IHES Complex. Group I people straddle the IHES and OON. Group II are “Zombies” in the IHES Stream who buy into “Inside-Out” thinking. Group III are Brutes. Group IV are Satanists–featuring an assortment of European Evil concepts, about which the literature is skimpy. In general, Satanists are destructive tempters, confusers, and accusers of humans, focused on power by controlling victim’s minds, fighting the resistant, and pitting their power over God’s power. jabaileymd.com